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4: Expressions, Equations and Inequalities

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    • 4.1: Evaluate Algebraic Expressions
      There are many formulas that are encountered in a statistics class and the values of each variable will be given. It will be your task to carefully evaluate the expression after plugging in each of the given values into the formula. In order to be successful you should not rush through the process and you need to be aware of the order of operations and use parentheses when necessary.
    • 4.2: Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
      It is a common task in algebra to solve an equation for a variable. The goal will be to get the variable on one side of the equation all by itself and have the other side of the equation just be a number. The process will involve identifying the operations that are done on the variable and apply the inverse operation to both sides of the equation. This will be managed in the reverse of the order of operations.
    • 4.3: Solve Equations with Roots
      Square roots occur frequently in a statistics course, especially when dealing with standard deviations and sample sizes. In this section we will learn how to solve for a variable when that variable lies under the square root sign. The key thing to remember is that the square of a square root is what lies inside. In other words, squaring a square root cancels the square root.
    • 4.4: Inequalities and Midpoints
      Inequalities are an essential component of statistics. One very important use of inequalities is when we have found a mean or proportion from a sample and want to write out an inequality that gives where the population mean or proportion is likely to lie. Another application is in probability where we want to find the probability of a value being more than a number, less than a number, or between two numbers.

    This page titled 4: Expressions, Equations and Inequalities is shared under a CC BY license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Larry Green.

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